The press releases and documents linked to this report were posted on their websites on Wednesday, September 21
Big soda makes big lobbying splash
The three biggest players in the U.S. soda drink industry—the American Beverage Association, the Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo Inc.—collectively spent at least $67 million since 2009 to defeat soda taxes and warning labels in 19 cities and states, the Center for Science in the Public Interest said in a report. Additionally, the big three spend $14 million to lobby the U.S. Congress where the industry opposes the imposition of a federal excise tax, and nutritional and dietary labels and guidelines.
Dueling reports: The economics of mass deportation
An analysis from the Democrat-leaning Center for American Progress predicts dire economic consequences from the mass deportation of illegal immigrants. And, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine concluded in another report that immigration has a “very small” impact on the wages of native-born workers and is most likely to affect immigrants or native-born workers who have not completed high school. According to NAS, first-generation immigrants are more costly to government than native-born; but, the children of immigrants (second generation) are among the strongest economic and fiscal contributors in the U.S. population. CAP estimated that mass deportation would remove 7 million workers and slash $4.7 trillion from the nation’s gross domestic product over 10 years.
Auto parts execs charged with obstruction
The Department of Justice said two executives of a Japanese rubber company were indicted by a federal grand jury on charges they obstructed an FBI investigation of international price-fixing in the automobile parts industry. The executives, one who worked in Japan and the other who worked in Japan and the U.S., were accused of deleting emails and destroying documents that contained communications with their company’s competitors. To date, 65 individuals and 47 companies have been charged in the Antitrust Division’s probe into the automotive parts industry.
Restaurant fined $1.4 million for sexual harassment
The owner-operator of a Texas Roadhouse restaurant in Columbus, Ohio, was ordered to pay $1.4 million to settle a sexual harassment suit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC said the case was brought on behalf of 12 female employees who accused the restaurant’s manager of making humiliating remarks about their bodies and sexuality, and pressuring them for sexual favors in exchange for employment benefits or to avoid adverse employment action.
Title lenders sued over online ads
Five Arizona-based automobile title lenders were accused of failing to disclose the annual percentage rate of their loans in their online advertising, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said. The failure to disclose the loans’ APR is a violation of the Truth in Lending Act, CFPB claimed in a Notice of Charges which sends the case to an administration law judge.
Where the jobs are
Last month, unemployment rates jumped significantly higher in six states and dropped in three states, while jobless rates in the remaining 41 states remained unchanged from July, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said. South Dakota and New Hampshire had the lowest jobless rates in August, 2.9% and 3.0%, respectively. And, Alaska posted a 6.8% jobless rate, the highest of any state in the country.
Letting minks escape captivity isn’t “terrorism”
The Center for Constitutional Rights argued to the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals that two animal rights activists who freed several thousand minks from a fur farm were expressing their First Amendment rights; and, charges brought against them under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act should be struck down as unconstitutional. CCR said the pair engaged in “an act of non-violent civil disobedience” and being charged under a law that was drafted by animal industries was an unconstitutional denial of due process.
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